Hope is believing things will get better... something we all need or want at some point in our lives. So many of our family members and friends wouldn't be here today or wouldn't have made the difference that they did if it weren't for hope. So that is why we are creating this link to hope. Here we will be providing updates on my mom's stage 4 ovarian cancer (Jo Vacek). We will also try to post new treatments or natural remedies that are tried with or without success to get as much information out there for anyone that can use it.
If you ever knew an amazing photographer by the name of Heather Gideon then your life was better because of her. She is the reason my business is what it is today and I am forever grateful for all that she taught me. She left a beautiful family behind when she went to heaven after fighting breast cancer and I miss her dearly. She did something similar to this on her photography website and the least I can do is try to keep it going, keep the information and the awareness out there.
We also remember a young man and dear friend that was the definition of hope... Andy Shaw. Andy went to heaven after fighting lymphoma, but because of him so many advances were made in fighting lymphoma because he always had hope and always had the ability to inspire... not only the family and friends around him but also the doctors that he spent so much time with.
In December 2010 we celebrated the life of my husband's grandmother, Sandra Emry. Her battle with cancer of the common bile duct ended with an unexpected infection that her body was not able to handle due to the cancer. In the short time that I had with this woman... I learned so much and it still does not seem real that she is gone.
Most recently, February 2nd, 2011 I had to say goodbye to my amazing dad, Richard Vacek after a 6 month battle with Multiple Myeloma. He helped me to become who I am today and I miss him so so much. He always expressed the value of hard work, and as much as I start to feel defeated by cancer due to how it has affected our lives I know he would want me to continue to do all I can to help others affected by it.
So please feel free to post comments for my mom (we will get the message to her), post your own story, post treatments, questions, etc. Anything that has the potential to help just 1 person in this world could have the potential to help millions, so please... help us give back hope. God Bless!